Feature CD Of The Week: Carl & Alan Maguire's "The Sound of Music"
For Release: August 18, 2014
Review by Malvin Massey, Jr., 8/17/2014
The Feature CD of the Week this week is an album with a definite Memphis connection.
It is The Sound of Music by Carl & Alan Maguire.
The 18 year old identical Maguire twins, Carl on drums, and Alan on bass, were born
in Tokyo and raised in Hong Kong and now study music in America. They found their
passion for jazz at the Stax Music Academy in Memphis under the tutelage of the great
Kirk Whalum. They have also studied jazz at the University of Memphis, and soon plan
to continue their studies with the great Donald Brown at UT Knoxville.
The idea to produce an album was Donald's as he was so impressed with the skill and
jazz feel that these two young musicians possess. Through the tireless efforts of
their mother and producer Yuki Maguire, and the force of Donald and Kirk, this CD
is a professional, straight ahead effort worthy of a feature.
The band is comprised of a stellar crew of Memphis musicians including Kirk Whalum,
Donald Brown (who arranged most of the tunes), Don Aliquo, Keith Brown, Tom Williams
and others. The title tune, and arrangement of the theme from the movie classic "The
Sound of Music," is a perfect example of the musical innovations of which jazz is
These guys are off to a great start at an early age, and we are happy to share their
talent with the rest of the world.